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The Polar Bear Society

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Address: Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
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+47 78 41 31 00
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09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together...

The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together with Hammerfest’s Tourist Information. Join the world famous and exclusive society, and receive the Polar Bear Pin as proof that you visited the World’s Northernmost Town – Hammerfest! Our museum showcases our proud traditions with fishing and hunting in arctic conditions. There is also a gift shop.

You can only become a member in the Polar Bear Society when you visit Hammerfest in person. A membership costs NOK 200,00 as a one time fee. The money supports the exhibition and pays the components of the membership: the Polar Bear pin in silver and enamel, a sticker with our logo on, a brochure with our statutes and some information, a diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.

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Polar Bears and Stockfish

Pleasant hour spent in this small unique museum and tourist information centre. Staff were so helpful and friendly. In praise of stock fish and an opportunity to join 240,000... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Brixham, United Kingdom
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Brixham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant hour spent in this small unique museum and tourist information centre. Staff were so helpful and friendly. In praise of stock fish and an opportunity to join 240,000 others worldwide by becoming a member of the Polar Bear Society for 200 NOK .... very definitely worthwhile!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stuffed polar bear and a walrus head aside, plenty of facts and exhibits. Free to get in, and nice shop to peruse.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

The passengers from the Nordnorge, on the Hurtigruten cruise line only had a short time to go round this unique museum telling you everything about polar bearsand what sort of exploration had been involved withthese amazing creatures. It was interesting and informative and gave you a feeling of what things had been like in the past and how polar bears... More 

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Little Rissington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this small Intimate Museum & Shop as part of a stop on our Arctic Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage. It was possibly the only place available to visit on a Sunday in 'The Most Northerly City' in the World; helpful staff, quality souvenirs, and a simple but informative reflection on Hammerfests involvement in Arctic fishing, Polar Bear hunting and life... More 

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

If you visit Hammerfest then make a point of popping into the Polar Bear Society, well worth the visit.

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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Went here on a hurtigruten cruise. It was great. Very informative and they can even stamp your passport with the hammerfest as it's the worlds most northern most town!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Like many others we stopped here on a Hurtigruten trip. This free to enter attraction has many things to offer including information about the history of Hammerfest and how people live, thrive and survive above the Arctic circle. It also has the added bonus of free wifi and some of the most reasonably priced souvenirs we have seen anywhere else... More 

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

To be fair this is probably only rated so highly as there is little else in Hammerfest and as it's right next to The Hurtigruten mooring it's very easy to visit. But it's still interesting and worth a visit, not least because it's one of the few attractions we found on our Hurtigruten cruise that had free admission! Lots of... More 

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Montrose. Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

You can't go to Hammerfest and not pop in hear, take time out and have a look and read, it's free also has all the tourist tat to buy, not a large display but worth the time it takes. Tourist information is in here as well.

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Wateringen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

A must for every visitor: a membership of the royal and ancient polar bear society! In January the annual meeting.

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